Claire Achmad is a human rights lawyer with broad expertise in public international law and human rights, and international child law matters. She completed her LLM (cum laude, Advanced Programme in Public International Law: specialisation Peace, Justice and Development) at Leiden University as a Rotary Global Grant Scholar in 2011. She has worked as in-house counsel for the New Zealand government, as a child rights and research and advocacy officer for UNICEF the Netherlands, and most recently as the Senior Advisor to the Chief Human Rights Commissioner and Executive Director of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission. She is committed to pro-bono work and is a volunteer lawyer at her local community law centre, working on human rights and refugee matters. Claire has authored reports on a number of child rights issues and is an emerging expert on international commercial surrogacy and children’s rights, the topic of her current doctoral research. She has published and addressed audiences on this topic internationally, including at Columbia University, Aberdeen University and the World Social Work and Social Development Conference 2012.
- Street Children Have Rights Too! Problems faced by street children globally and in the Philippines, and why their rights need protection (2012)
- Return of Separated Children to Return Houses in Countries of Origin: Policy and practice in the Netherlands, European and international governing instruments, and recommendations for protecting the best interests of the child (2012)
- Contextualising a 21st century challenge: Part One Understanding international commercial surrogacy and the parties whose rights and interests are at stake in the public international law context (2012)
- Intercountry adoptions under the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (2010)
- International Commercial Surrogacy: 21st Century Global Families in Transition (2014)
- Chapter 18: New Zealand (2013)